Seahorses, Dolphins Battle For First Place In Tough Division
It has been a turnaround season for soccer in the peninsula as Far Rockaway and Beach Channel are tied for first in a competitive Queens B South division. As of press time, the teams are 6-2-0 and along with John Adams and Van Buren are battling for first place in a hotly contested league.
Far Rockaway kept pace as they defeated John Adams at home 4-1 last Tuesday. Kenneth Ibe and Felipe Zaldana each scored a goal and David Galan made 10 saves and assisted in a goal.
“Felipe is a real workhorse. He slips in and gets into the right places and takes little quick shots that take teams by surprise,” Neylon said. “Kenneth is leading the team and maybe the division in assists. David is a senior and captain who is taking over the keeper’s position this season.”
Head coach William Neylon was impressed with his team’s performance.“I was very happy on how we played. We played strong and aggressive. We looked like we played with a balance in midfield and defense. The offense and everything was all functioning well”.
At press time, Beach Channel and Far Rockaway faced each other yesterday for the second time this season.
The Beach Channel Dolphins won their first game of the season in two consecutive sets, 30-28, and 25-15 with a home victory over Far Rockaway last Monday. Senior Jodi Vitale led the Dolphins (1-2) with 13 service points and 6 kills.
Far Rockaway (2-3) looks to rebound from a 0-12 season in 2003. With new coach Les Sabbah and an infusion of new talent, the Seahorses have begun the transformation to become a winning team.
“We didn’t win a game last year. They were thrilled with the first win. They were happy with that and having a lot of fun”, Sabbah says.
The new talent comes from Sabbah basketball and softball teams. Patrice Mckenzie, and Sandy Jean Francois are two players who are inexperienced with volleyball, but their athleticism can help them learn the game quickly according to Sabbah.
“It’s a good mix with the volleyball players from last year with the senior leadership Evelyn Quist, Chevell Jones, Jessica Belgrave and Andris Nova Lunis.”
Beach Channel coach Brian Donahue wants a .500 season and thinks that his team will play as a effective unit once they’ve played more games.
“I expect a decent season. Jodi Vitale is our captain. She is a disciplined player who works hard, is a good setter and helps the new members on the team”, Donahue said. “We need to work on our service and our spikes to be good”.
The Beach Channel junior varsity football Dolphins shutout Far Rockaway 24-0 last Sunday. Tyrell Green rushed for 149 yards and scored a touchdown.
Two consecutive wins brought the Dolphins boys varsity bowling team to a good start at 2-0. Banneker Academy and John Adams lost to a Beach Channel team that missed the playoffs in 2003. Far Rockaway defeated Bushwick to even their record to 1-1.